Can I just start by saying that I am truly devastated at the loss of Whitney Houston. I know I’m not the only one! Pure disbelief. Just like with Michael Jackson, I found out on Facebook, later turning on CNN for confirmation. Flashbacks to all of her songs ran through my head. I grew up on her music, even sang her song “Exhale” when I was 8 years old at the talent show. Waiting to Exhale and The Preachers Wife are on my list of favorite movies. Say it ain’t so!!
Say what you will about Nippy (her nickname if you unfamiliar), but her talent was immense, her musical influence undeniable and comeback potential strong. Man, the queen of the 80’s and 90’s music scene. Unfortunate that her marriage to Bobby Brown was a tumoltuous one, and despite his bad boy image you cannot blame Bobby Brown for Houston’s drug use or death. I am not saying that his poor choices were not influential, but a person’s demons are their own. How they deal with them is up to them and it is sad that this woman’s struggle was exploited by the media.
We do not know the cause of death. One can speculate, but until there are facts, we cannot assume.
I heard on CNN last night that filming for the movie Sparkle had wrapped up, and we are to expect a release later in the year. If you have not seen the original 1976 version, I highly recommend you find a way to see it prior to the release this summer. This could have been used as a stepping stone to relaunch Houston’s career. It is unfortunate that she will not be around to witness it.
My heart goes out to her daughter, her mother, and the rest of her family. Losing a mother is the hardest thing next to losing a child. My grandmother lost four children before she was called home and for years I witnessed her pain on a daily basis. I have read that Bobbi Kristina was not able to see her mother’s body, and was later sent to the hospital herself following a shouting match with police officials – being outraged and inconsolable. As an only child who has lost her mother, I can imagine. Again, prayers for the Houston family. I’m looking forward to tonight’s Grammy Awards and will share my thoughts with you all following the show.